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The Tio Kingdom of The Middle Congo

1880-1892, 1st Edition

By Jan Vansina


606 pages

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Originally published in 1973, this book reconstructs the political and economic organization and the social life of the Tio kingdom at the end of the 19th century by means of a critical synthesis of documentary and ethnographic data. Based on a detailed study of rich docuemntary sources and fieldwork, it analyses the persistent features of Tio social organization and political relations as well as the extensive economic changes associated with the development and later decline of caravan trading at Stanley Pool. It is fully illustrated with maps, tables and diagrams. This book shows the importance for both anthropoligical theory and historical interpreation of obtaining comprehensive data on the state of a particular society at a given time.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part 1: The Little Society

2. Kinship

3. Residential Groups

4. Marriage

5. The Economics of Subsistence: Production

6. The Economics of Subsistence: Domestic Life

7. Fortune and Misfortune

8. The Flow of Life

9. The Inner World

Part 2: The Wider Society

10.Tthe Great Congo Trade

11. The Commercial Economy

12. the Protectors: Lords and Squires

13. The Resolution of Conflict

14. The King and His Realm

15. The Kingdom Under Iloo Part 3: A Perspective Through Time

16. Tio Society to 1880

17. Social Change Among the tio of MBE (1880-1964)

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies